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125 ISIS members including 20 leaders nabbed in al-Hol: official

  2021-04-02  | 
 Zhyan News Network
Internal Security Forces (Asayish) Spokesperson Ali al-Hassan (CL), flanked by People's Protection Units (YPG) Spokesperson Nuri Mahmoud (L), General Command of al-Jazira Canton Council, Avinar Derik (CR) and Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) Spokesperson Kino Gabriel (R), speaks at al-Hold camp, al-Hasakah, AANES,Syria, April 2,2021. Photo By Asayish-aligned Hawar News Agency (ANHA).
 Zhyan News Network

SULAIMANI – 125 Islamic State (ISIS) members including twenty officials were arrested in the sprawling al-Hol camp in al-Hasakah governorate in the first phase of a security operation announced six days ago, a senior security official said on Friday (April 2).

On Sunday, Asayish, in cooperation with the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) the Women’s Protection Units (YPJ), and the People's Protection Units (YPG), launched a security operation in the camp following 47 assassinations since the outset of the year. 

Al-Hol houses over  60,000 wives, widows, children and other family members to ISIS militants. 

80 percent of them are women and children. The majority are Iraqis and Syrians, but it includes some 10,000 people from 57 other countries, housed in a highly secured separate area. Many of them are radicalized ISIS supporters.

“We assure you now, and despite the fact that we have arrested many members of the sleeper cells in the camp, including senior responsible, the danger in Al-Hol camp is not over yet,” Asayish Spokesperson Ali al-Hassan said at a press conference.

“The success of our operation created a safer and more stable environment in Al Hol camp. This will not last long without international support. It is now time to seize this opportunity and come up with a long-term solution together,” al-Hassan said, echoed the same demand by several other officials calling on foreign countries to repatriate their nationals stranded in the camp.

Simand Ali, a Kurdish official, previously told AFP the ISIS members have dug trenches in the camp that they used to hide prohibited electronic devices and other goods. 

On February 28, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) urged all countries to repatriate and safely reintegrate their young nationals being held at the camp after three children died and fifteen others were injured in a fire at the camp. 

“There are more than 22,000 foreign children of at least 60 nationalities who languish in camps and prisons, in addition to many thousands of Syrian children”, said UNICEF Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa Ted Chaiban.

On March 15, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said that nearly 43,000 foreign men, women, and children linked to ISIS remain detained in inhuman or degrading conditions by regional authorities in northeast Syria. 

(Zhyan English)